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Command of the Waters
Iron Triangles, Federal Water Development, and Indian Water
By Daniel C. McCool
321 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 1994
Paper (978-0-8165-1502-8) [s]
  
Related Interest
  - Native American Studies
  - Law
  - Arid Lands Studies


Much has been written about legal questions surrounding Indian water rights; this book now places them in the political framework that also includes water development. McCool analyzes the two
Will surely remain the best treatment of this important subject for some time to come.

—Western Historical Quarterly

conflicting doctrines relating to water use—one based on federal case law governing the rights of Indians on reservations, the other sanctioned by legislation and applied to non-Indians—based on the "iron triangles" of bureaucrats, legislators, and interest groups that dominate policy issues. He examines the way federal and BIA water development programs have reacted to conflict, competition, and opportunity from the turn of the century to the 1980s and updates the situation in an introduction written for this edition.


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